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Watermelon Snow? by City Tech blogger Mariano Huaman

Recently, researchers have found that watermelon snow is a phenomenon caused by climate change. The snow is formed when temperature increases melt winter snow leftovers. However, the most important part of this discovery is the algae found on the ice. Algae are normally green but change color after producing a natural sunscreen which turns them red or pink. This change in color darkens the snow causing it to melt faster.

This discovery is important because people will better understand the role of these algae in the climate system. It also gives an idea of how dangerous the watermelon snow can be, and its participation in the melting of the Artic.

 
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The Earth is Just Like its Climate by City Tech blogger Armin Salazar

I read the article “In the Indian Ocean, Fragments of a Continent Where There Should Not Be”. It’s surprising but not unexpected that we are still learning about the Earth every day.

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The island of Mauritius, where scientists recently found fragments of a broken-up supercontinent. BENEDICTE KURZEN FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

As the article talks about, the recent discovery of a new continental fragment off the coast of Madagascar reminds us that the Earth is just like its climate. It is a process that has been happening over millions of years, and one that we are now just beginning to understand.

 
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Teatown’s Eagle Fest & Climate Change

This Climate Change Eagle made had an indelible presence at Teatown’s Hudson River Eaglefest on February 11, 2017 at Croton Point Park in Croton, New York. Tea Town EagleAbout 3500 people came to celebrate and catch sight of bald Eagles along the Hudson River. As they exited they were invited to sign their names to a bald eagle sign that stated “Is not healthy for bald eagles and other living things!  What would you do to address climate change?  Add your name below.”  As you can see, there are numerous signatures. The signed Eagle is back at Teatown,  a 1,000-acre nature preserve and education center located in the Lower Hudson Valley.

 
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Climate Change Has Aleady Harmed Almost Half of All Mammals by City-Tech Blogger Dave

The article I found this week is about how climate change affects endangered animal species. The effect of climate change on endangered species of animals has been underestimated. A study has found that climate change has a bad effect on mammals and birds on the endangered species list. Nearly 700 species of animals on the “red list” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are affected by the warming of the planet. These are due to the unstable and changing climates in which these animals live. According to the study, climate change is a major threat to many species of animals on Earth. Currently, only about 7 percent of mammals and 4 percent of birds on the endangered species list are being threatened by climate change. But researchers now say that the list is now getting broader and animals on every continent are being affected. The animals that are being affected by climate change are ones that breed more slowly and who live in a tropical climate. They are less able to adapt to the quickly changing environment in which they live.

 
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The Bad News of Greening Earth by City-Tech Blogger Henry Ovalle

Many people feel confident that a greener Earth is a good thing. Perhaps, others feel it is bad news that the Earth has been getting greener over these past decades. The main reason for a greener Earth is the increased level of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by humans. A newly conducted study by international institutions using data from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites, showed a significant change in the greening of Earth over the past three decades. Plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, but the problem is that they cannot keep up with the large amount that we are releasing on a daily basis

 

 
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